Toby Barazzuol was born and raised in the rainforests of Vancouver, BC. He is the president of Eclipse Awards, a recognition company he founded in 1998, and also serves as the Chair of the Strathcona BIA. Toby believes that understanding sustainability is the single greatest investment that a business can make towards its future success and he volunteers 20 percent of his time to building a resilient community in one of Canada’s most challenging neighborhoods. Toby is fascinated by the intersection of business, the arts, and the environment, and is inspired by the idea of communities and ecosystems.
- Created the Strathcona BIA Resource Park to build a place for local businesses to address waste reduction and organics recycling.
- Hosted Canada's first small business sustainability expo, Sustainability 1.0, an event that galvanized the Strathcona community around sustainability and provided a collective vision for the neighborhood.
- Subsequently hosted Sustainability 2.0 and 3.0, further building collaboration and sustainability in the Strathcona community.
- Through the work with Strathcona BIA and Building Opportunities through Business, Toby built support for SOLE Food Street Farms, an urban farm project in the Strathcona Green Zone that provides opportunities to learn to grow local, organic food.
- Faces of Change Award from the North American Association of Asian Professionals
- British Columbia’s Top 40 Business People Under 40, 2004
- British Columbia’s Best Employer, 2012
- Best Green Business in British Columbia, 2014
- "Engaging and Building Community Critical to Business Success" - Vancouver Sun, September 2012
- "Unused Vancouver parking lot now a horn of plenty" - Vancouver Courier, September 2012
- CBC interview of Toby Barazzuol and the Strathcona Green Zone: